Freddie Curtis throws new PB to take silver at U20 Championships

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FREDDIE Curtis was the Milton Keynes Athletic Club star of the show when he took javelin silver from the UK Under 20 Championships at the weekend.

Held in Bedford, the U20 competition doubled up as trials for the World Junior Championships to be held in Barcelona next month, and although the 17-year-old was just short of the qualifying distance of 69m, he did his club proud with a huge 67.84m throw – smashing his personal best record by over three metres.

Other Milton Keynes men to impress were Chad Lambert – who placed 6th in the 1,500m final with a personal best of 3m 49.80s – and Sam Ridgway who put 62cm on his hammer PB with a throw of 53.49m to finish 6th.

Lambert’s fine run was the fifth fastest ever by a local runner over 1,500m – just short of the club record time of 3m 47.12s, while Ridgway was also close to beating the hammer record of 55.54m set in 1988.

Steve Herring placed 4th (17.04) and Gary Blaber 9th (17.52) in the Marston Forest 5km race, and the squad of Tanya Taylor, 36th (19.26), Diane Baldwin, 71st (21.08) and Maria Calleia, 82nd (21.36) won the ladies’ team prize.

Also over 5km, Emily Tallen was the first lady home in a recent Milton Keynes Park Run where her time of 17m 29s was the second fastest MK ladies time on the roads over that distance.

The MK veterans teams competed at Kettering and there was another big victory for the men’s team over Bedford, putting them in a strong position for the Eastern Veterans Track and Field league final later in the year.

The ladies had to settle for 2nd place to Fairlands Valley (Stevenage) but there were three very impressive performances from Diane Baldwin in the F55 age group.

Firstly she improved her own league record in the 1,500m, running 5m 51.0s then bettered her 400m (75.1s) and 2km walk (11m 23.2s) times.

Elsewhere, Matt Clarke headed the MK team at the Banbury Five Mile by finishing 9th with a season’s best of 27m 52s.